Chilenos en Papel: Giving Back to People in a Visual Way

March 14, 2013 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

Blog 13_Chilenos en papelPIC: Alejandro Blanco

Not long ago DFSI showcased the work of Saul Flores in his visual work “Footprints: the Walk of Immigrants”. This time, I came across a great project from photographer Alejandro Blanco and psychologist Catalina Correa : “Chilenos en Papel“. This ambitious visual project seeks to recover the cultural patrimony related with the social capital of Chileans and their traditions. One of the most interesting things is their idea of “giving back” to the community. This is not that usual for our tradition in Anthropology, but with the technological advances in photography, processes have become more affordable and democratic…and this project embraces that. Here is what they write:

Alejandro Blanco, photographer
Catalina Correa, psychologist
IDEAME Fundraising URL
We all love watching pictures that bring us memories of important moments or people that have been meaningful in our lives. But people living in remote or relatively isolated places in Chile do not often have access to portraits of themselves or their loved ones because they simply cannot afford it or it takes too big an investment. Blog 13_Chilenos en papel1We aim to give some of these people the opportunity of crystallizing a moment of their lives by giving them a professional quality picture of themselves or their kin. “Chilenos en Papel” [Chileans on Paper] is a social photographic project. Our aim is to give people living in relatively isolated areas of Chile a free professional portrait of themselves or their kin. We will drive our portable photo lab to isolated places in Chile, contact the person, take the picture, and give it to her (him) in a high-quality professional format within a few minutes. We believe that the project will strengthen local identities and a sense of belonging to a wider community among people living in remote areas”

Please go to the IDEAME site to help fund this project!
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Entry filed under: Social Design, Visual anthropology, Visualization.

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Constanza Miranda PhD(c) design.anthro
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* Ex.VR @ Stanford's Center for Design Research [DesignXLab]
* Ex.Instructor @ PUC Chile [Design+Engineering]
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